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Re: Censorship
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1665  Monday, 2 July 2001

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Friday, 29 Jun 2001 09:05:36 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Censorship

[2]     From:   Meg Powers Livingston <
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        Date:   Friday, 29 Jun 2001 12:29:21 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Censorship


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Jun 2001 09:05:36 -0400
Subject:        Re: Censorship

I forgot to add that Patterson has a second edition of her book with a
second preface, and N.W. Bawcutt has a book on Caroline censorship that
takes up where Janet Clare leaves off.

It's The control and censorship of Caroline drama: the records of Sir
Henry Herbert, Master of the Revels, 1623-73 / Oxford : Clarendon Press
; New York : Oxford University Press, David Norbrook has an essay on
Milton's Areopagitica in my own edited collection The Administration of
Aesthetics:  Censorship, Political Criticism, and the Public Sphere
(UMinn 1994) and Stanley Fish has an essay on it in There's No Such
Thing as Free Speech and It's a Good Thing Too and more on it in his new
book on Milton.

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From:           Meg Powers Livingston <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Jun 2001 12:29:21 -0400
Subject:        Re: Censorship

Scholarship on dramatic censorship and on print censorship has evolved
into two mostly-separate sub-fields.  Annabel Patterson's _Censorship
and Interpretation_ is dated but a good starting place, though her work
suffers, I think, because she tries to make the same theories regarding
authorship and authority apply to both drama and print.

For dramatic censorship, the go-to person right now is Richard Dutton.
He has two books out that focus on censorship, along with numerous
articles and chapters/essays in various collections.  His first book is
_Mastering the Revels_ (1991), and the second is _Licensing, Censorship,
and Authorship in Early Modern England_ (2000).   I don't agree with him
on everything, but he'll give you a lot to think about.

N.W. Bawcutt also does very good work on dramatic censorship, mostly on
the Caroline / Restoration periods; his reconstruction of Henry
Herbert's office book is an outstanding resource.  Richard Burt has a
very good book out on Ben Jonson and Censorship.  Philip Finkelpearl has
done some very good work on censorship, but his focus is almost
exclusively on Beaumont and Fletcher (though I think his theories
extrapolate well).  Some of Jeff Masten's work on collaboration
practices overlaps in interesting and important ways with censorship
issues.  Janet Clare has also done some work in this field, but I
wouldn't recommend it.

For print censorship, Cyndia Clegg is the name that spring to mind.  I
consider her _Press Censorship in Elizabethan England_ (1997) a standard
resource; she has _Press Censorship in Jacobean England_ coming out
later this year.  I know Debra Shuger has been working on a new book on
print censorship, but I don't know how close it is to print; I'm sure
some bits of it are available as articles.  Richard Burt also edited a
collection of articles that would be helpful here, but I can't recall
the title.

I know I'm forgetting some obvious citations, but I'm not in my office
right now...

Meg

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